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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Have You Heard of “SEE YOU AT THE POLE 2016?

September 26, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM Have you heard of See You at the Pole? It is a time when students gather around the school flagpole to pray. I think it is great time for grandparents to pray for this event, especially if you have teenage grandchildren. Prayer For: The school will allow students to gather at the flagpole to pray Christian students will take a stand strong in the Lord to unite in prayer interceding for their generation. the students who are leading and planning your See You at the Pole™ at your school. the Christians at your school to show up ready to pray on See You at the Pole™ day. the non-Christian students on your campus who will see or hear about SYATP. Christian students on your campus to make the most of this unique opportunity to explain what happened on the morning of See You at the Pole™ and to be a witness for Christ. We read in Acts 1:14, “They all met together and were constantly UNITED in prayer.” The theme verse follows Paul’s famous passage on the armor of God, challenging and encouraging Christ followers to stand strong in the Lord and be His representatives to share the Good News of the Gospel. For the last 25 years, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act—prayer. See You at the Pole is about students uniting themselves in prayer before God interceding for their generation. By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net                                                              

How to Grandparent Through Obstacles

September 25, 2016
When you find you’re competing for the minds and hearts of your grandchildren with the draws of the world, how do grandparents get into the competition? In a recent survey I found that one of the most difficult challenges grandparents face today is having a strong desire to influence your grandchildren in a positive way and having the parents oppose them.  The world’s evil forces continually pull at us and at our children and grandchildren. It’s up to us, as grandparents to make the most of every opportunity we have with our grandkids to share God’s love with them, especially if we don’t get to see them often. Each time we are together with our grandchildren, we can ask the Lord what His will is for that particular visit. He may have steps for you to take in your seed planting that will result in a great harvest. “Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”  Ephesians 5:15-17. The most troubling news is that more and more younger non-Christians perceive Christianity in a negative way. It’s likely that your grandchildren’s friends and classmates will only serve to undermine the spiritual values you’ve tried to impart. Receiving godly influences from grandparents will be an important step in your grandchildren’s spiritual growth. Grandparenting in today’s world is very different from what it was only one generation ago. However, I have an answer for you if you are being challenged in your grandparenting. The book Grandparenting Through Obstacles by Renee Gray Wilburn and Diane E. Butts will encourage you to effectively influence your grandchildren to Christ. Who knows how your grandchild may impact her generation. The book is available at Amazon.com. (see below)* Prayer:   Dear Jesus, Enable me to continually walk in Your patience and unconditional love toward my family, and teach me how to stay full of Your joy so I can persevere through the trials I face.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen http://www.amazon.com/Grandparenting-Through-Obstacles-Overcoming-Grandchildren/dp/1938092171/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411653796&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Grandparenting+through+Obstacles+Dianne+E.+Btts  

A Photo Prayer Journal – an excellent Idea for Grandparents

September 15, 2016
 Have you heard about a Photo Prayer Journal for your grandchildren? Today I would like to share with you about the Photo Prayer Journal. A number of years ago I developed a Photo Prayer Journal, finding it very meaningful as I was praying for my grandchildren. Many grandmothers have told me that they it has been a great resource and have enjoyed using it to pray for them. A photo prayer journal is a working document to help grandparents pray intentionally for their grandchildren, whether they live far away or nearby. The photo prayer journal will make praying more meaningful. You will feel more connected when you see the pictures of your grandchildren as you are praying for them. I made my photo prayer journal in a three ring binder with a divider for each grandchild, that way I could redo it each year when they start a new school year.  Instructions for Photo Prayer Journal Profile Sheet On the profile sheet, place your grandchild’s picture in the designated spot and complete the profile with his/her information.  Grandchild’s Profile  (Place your grandchild’s picture here.) Profile Sheet For ____________________ Date_______________  Name: Address: Telephone #: Cell # E-mail address: Birthday: Age: Grade in school: School: Teacher: Church: Friends: Favorite activities: Character strengths: (You may have other ideas to add to the profile.) Instructions for Prayer Concern Sheet Make a page to record the date, praises, prayer concerns, and the hopes and dreams for your grandchild on which you want to focus your prayers. If desired, choose a scripture from the “Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren” or the list of “Prayer Suggestions for the Various Life’s Stages” or other suggestions from the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. Record your concerns about their safety, health, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual growth, strength to resist temptations and the deception of the world. Suggestions Use your creativity and make the Photo Prayer Journal to meet your needs, these are suggestions to get you started. I use the photo prayer journal only once or twice a week, however, it does make me feel more connected with the grandchildren. If convenient, take your grandchildren out for a meal or ice cream to ask them for the information needed to fill out the profile sheets, and tell them why you are doing it. You may also ask them the questions on the telephone, through e-mail, or however you find it convenient. If you are making the journal on the computer, use Print Shop or another program to enhance the pages, inserting your digital pictures, and making as many pages as you need. I have had a number of grandmothers tell me how they have enjoyed their Photo Prayer Journals. You may find this and more creative ideas to help you with your praying for your grandchildren in the book Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren available on this website. http://www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com. Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

Do your Grandchildren see Jesus in your life?

September 12, 2016
A few years ago on a sunny autumn day, my husband and I were traveling in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Frequently, we saw the rugged snow-covered mountains and golden aspen trees reflecting in a lake. As I was pondering the awesome sight, I could not help but ask myself: Does God’s love reflect from my life to my children and grandchildren like the mountains reflect on the lake? Do they see Jesus in me? Considering these questions and the possible answers led me to realize that the sun needs to shine on the water for there to be a reflection. In order for God’s love to reflect from my life, the love of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, must shine in my heart. “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” Prayer:   Dear Lord, I pray my life will reflect your love to my grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I pray they will want my Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen By Lillian Penner

“Seven Ways to Connect with a Long Distance Grandchild”

September 8, 2016
  This coming Sunday on September 11 is National Grandparents Day. Will you join many grandparents throughout the world in making it a Day of Prayer for your grandchildren and their parents? Many of us wish we could be with our grandchildren on this special day but it isn’t possible because of the many miles between us. However, we can make this a special day of prayer for them and their parents by sending them a note, text or call them to let them know Sunday is a special day of prayer for them. Today I want to share a guest blog with you by Dr. Mary Manz Simon which I think you will find helpful, especially those long distance grandparents. Guest blog: I’ll be honest: I envy grandmothers who float in-and-out of their grandchild’s daily activities. Perhaps you know your grandchild’s friends and are on a first-name basis with his teacher. You might even attend soccer games and school concerts. Although there’s undoubtedly a downside to babysitting or living in the same area, that sounds terrific to a long distance grandma like me! But those of us who are geographically challenged can still have a meaningful relationship with our grandchildren. Here are seven ideas that work for me: Develop a list of “topics to talk about.” Dig back through old emails and texts for conversation starters. The content won’t merely offer discussion triggers, but often reveal ideas for birthday gifts or items of interest. This is especially helpful if you rarely see each other. Provide prayer cover. Although you might do this every day, make a special effort when your grandchild is prepping for a big test or important game. Before the event, pray with him over the phone. Look for more ideas in my new book, Faith Footprints with My Grandchild. Send postcards of places you visit together. Months after visiting the zoo or museum mail a card from that site. Even digital kids appreciate snail mail addressed to them. The card will be a nice reminder of a memory you made together. Arrange reverse mail. Purchase an inexpensive pack of blank post cards. Pre-address with your address and add a stamp. Ask your grandchild to draw a picture, add stickers or write a note before sending the card to you. Start with just a couple of cards to assess your grandchild’s response. Invite them into your home. Simply go around the house clicking or shooting a video with your phone. We’re a visual society, so this gives your grandchild a snapshot of your personal space (Be sure at least one image shows the fireplace with his photo displayed or the refrigerator with a picture he drew!) If your grandchild doesn’t know you well, seeing your kitty or a picture of your car buried in a snow bank helps you become a “real” person. Mail surprises. When our grandsons were very young, I would tell their mom a b-o-x was in the mail. One of the first words

Grandparents’ Day of Prayer – September 11

September 5, 2016
“Grandma, will you and Grandpa pray for me on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer?” If you are going to intentionally pray for your grandchildren on Sunday, September 11 will you leave a brief comment or just say “yes, count me in” in the comments to indicate your participation. http://www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com May God bless you richly as you pray for your grandchildren every day. Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net